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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, a healthier version of macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious, no one will ever guess it’s also good for you!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

A few weeks ago I posted this Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese recipe that swapped out pasta for cauliflower. Today I bring you this butternut squash mac and cheese recipe that uses butternut squash in the creamy mac and cheese sauce. Giving you all the comfort of the classic dish, but with an extra heaping of nutrients.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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This guilt-free mac and cheese gives you all the comfort of the classic dish, but with an extra heaping of nutrients. Made with whole-wheat noodles, three cheeses (Gruyere, cheddar and Parmesan), shallots, and lots of good-for-your-body butternut squash… it’s cozy, creamy AND nourishing! This is a new staple for me and my sisters. Just add a big green salad and you have the perfect anytime meal.

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

4.73 from 96 votes
8
Cals:275
Protein:13
Carbs:43
Fat:7
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, a healthier version of macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious, no one will ever guess it’s also good for you!
Course: Brunch, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • Olive oil spray
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound cubed butternut squash
  • 10 ounces whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped chives, optional, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9” x 11” glass baking dish with oil and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add squash and boil until tender, 5-6 minutes.
  • When fork tender, transfer squash with a slotted spoon to a blender.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. When cooked, drain and put back into the pot.
  • Meanwhile, add ½ cup vegetable broth, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste to the blender with the squash. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the shallots and cook another minute.
  • Add the remaining 1 cup broth and milk and whisk to combine. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook 5 minutes, whisking frequently.
  • Remove pot from heat and whisk in cheese, pureed squash, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and pepper.
  • Add sauce to noodles, gently mix to combine, then transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture and bake 25 minutes. Switch oven to high broil and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crumbs are starting to brown.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 275 kcal, Carbohydrates: 43 g, Protein: 13 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 21 mg, Sodium: 462 mg, Fiber: 4.5 g, Sugar: 5 g

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